French: Phyllanthe capucin German: Schwarzflügel-Kapuzinerhäherling Spanish: Charlatán capuchino
W Gambia and SW Senegal S to Liberia and WC Ivory Coast.
21–24 cm; 75–96 g. Stout, chunky, short-tailed babbler, blackish-maroon with creamy-yellowish bill, grey head and distinctive hoarse calls. Nominate race has... read more
Chorus song an excited raucous cackling mixed with grating trills, “krrrrrr…” or “kekekeke…”,... read more
Shady undergrowth, thick leafy tangles, dense thickets and lush streamside growth in broadleaf... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including ants (Formicidae), small beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Mantodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more
Nest-building in Jun and food-carrying in Nov in Gambia; birds in breeding condition in Mar and Jun–Aug in Liberia; Nov–Feb in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to fairly common but local across range. Rare but evidently resident in Gambia; fairly common in Senegal in SW; frequent in... read more
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